These Easy Tips Will Instantly Up Your Table Manners

Got fancy dinner plans in your future? Here are some easy, subtle ways to show your guests your good table manners. When you arrive to your table, always offer your guest the better seat, or let them sit first and make sure they're comfortable before seating yourself. Once you sit, place your napkin across your lap immediately, even if no food has made it to the table. If you need to get up to use the restroom or make a phone call, fold your napkin and place it on your seat. Only place your napkin on the table after the meal is finished. While eating, keep your drink to the right of your plate and your bread plate to the left of it. Regarding multiple sets of utensils, start from the outside and work your way in as the courses continue. When the meal is done, place your utensils on your plate and make sure the handles are pointed toward the right.

We discussed table manners and more tips to make your life easier in our interview with etiquette expert Jihan Murray-Smith on the Curiosity Podcast. Stream or download using the player below, or find the episode everywhere podcasts are found, including iTunes, Stitcher, and Gretta.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. As soon as you sit down at the table at a restaurant, put your napkin on your lap. 00:37

  2. Your bread plate should go to the left of your plate, and your drink should be on the right. 01:25

  3. When you're finished with your meal, put your utensils on your plate with the handles pointed to the right. 02:16

Written by Curiosity Staff July 5, 2016

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